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Family fun a plenty at Christmas Lights Switch-On

1 Nov 2017
Family fun a plenty is guaranteed at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On, which takes place on Saturday 18 November.

Speaking about this year’s entertainment programme, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said:

“I’m looking forward to being joined by children’s television favourites Bing And Flop and The Twirlywoos, as well as Pete Snodden and the Cool FM team, Derek and Jen from Milkshake Live, the choir of Cavehill Primary School – and, of course, Santa Claus himself!

“It’s a great line-up of family entertainment, for the young and the young at heart, and it promises to be a great night for everyone to enjoy the official start to Christmas.”

Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden, who will act as compere on the evening, said:

“We are honoured to be involved in Belfast City Council’s Christmas Lights Switch-On. Packed with family fun and great entertainment, Rebecca, Paulo and I are all looking forward to launching the Christmas celebrations in Belfast.”

Stephen Orr, Principal of Cavehill Primary School, who were personally selected by the Lord Mayor to perform at the event, added:

“We are thrilled to have been invited to participate in this very special event to start the Christmas celebrations in Belfast and look forward to the night with great excitement and perhaps a few nerves!”

Tickets, limited to four per booking, will be released at 9am this coming Friday (3 November) and can be sourced online at or in person. They then can either be collected from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Square North, or, this year there will be a ‘print at home’ option. Should you choose this option you must click through to download the ticket as the email confirmation will not suffice. Tickets booked for collection must be picked up by 5pm on Thursday 16 November. Accessible viewing for the event can be booked call (028) 9024 6609 on Friday 3 November; these are limited to two per booking due to restricted capacity. Terms and conditions apply.

The event will start at 6.30pm, and last for around an hour. There will be road closures in effect in the city centre from earlier in the afternoon; details of these will be announced closer to the date.

For full details on the Christmas Lights Switch-On, please visit

The annual Belfast Christmas Market will also open in the City Hall grounds on Saturday 18 November, starting at 12 noon. The Market will continue until Saturday 23 December at 6pm.

Santa’s post box will once again be at his grotto within the Market, until 19 December, for children to post letters to the North Pole, with a reply for those who add a return address.
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